REVIEW: Deuter Mens Freerider Pro 30 (with Inserts from TrekPak)

TrekPak

TrekPak

A few months ago I published a review of the Trekpak system which I now use in all my Pelican Cases, and I ended the review with the prospect of another review once I had tried and tested their core product: The Trekpak backpack.

Deuter Freerider Front

Deuter Freerider Front

The Freerider Pro 30 is essentially a standard (albeit hardcore) alpine backpack from German manufacturer Deuter equipped with the now famous Trekpak dividers in order to use it as a camera pack.  I have owned this pack for around six weeks now and have had the chance to test it in both New Zealand as well as the Aussie Outback and thought I would share my thoughts:

First of all it is important to establish that I am not an alpine athlete who spend every afternoon carving through fresh powder nor am I a dedicated ice climber scaling large frozen falls every weekend, so this review is based on my experience as a travel and adventure photographer and I have compared this pack to the other (camera) packs I have used (and abused) over the last  years including;

  •  Lowepro Vertex 200 & 300
  • Lowepro Dryzone 200
  • ThinkThank Streetwalker

Let me start by saying that the size and shape of this pack is absolutely perfect for my daily use: I could comfortably fit in everything below:

Canon 5D  mk3 body

Canon 7D body

Canon 50mm 1.4

Canon 24-105mm 4.0

Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS

Canon 16-35mm 2.8 (mounted on 5d)

Canon Extender 1.4x

Gopro Hero 3

Apple Macbook Air 13”

ND filters, batteries and extra CF cards (in ThinkThank sleeves)

On top of that I had space for a Patagonia smock, thin wool gloves, 2 head torches and a few other misc. items such as note pad, a water bottle and snacks.

Deuter Freerider Back

Deuter Freerider Back

The pack is officially rated as a 30litre alpine pack but with the Trekpak insert in the main compartment you are left with only little space for personal items – although this was never an issue for me as this pack has so many small but spacious compartments that easily lets you keep your gear organised and safe.

The large main compartment can be accessed from either the front or the back via a full back panel zip system

As mentioned above this pack is a modified alpine pack meaning that it offers you more attachment straps (helmet, bladder, A-frame etc)  and carrying options than I have ever seen on any pack… ever.

If you often travel with skis, snowboard, crampons, helmet or similar this pack fits the bill

The area where this pack really shines is comfort.  

This is by far one of the most comfortable camera backpacks I have ever owned and used and I can easily see why many snow sport enthusiasts prefers Deuter to other similar brands. .

When I initially purchased this pack from Trekpak I wasn’t entirely sure if  it would live up to the hype or whether it could match my other pack in comfort and size however after six weeks of testing I can honestly say that I have found my new go-to pack: I constantly had between 9kgs and 14kgs on my back and I hardly noticed the pack due to the clever pivotal carrying system that distributes the weight evenly via the hip belt. The shoulder-straps are also nicely padded and perfect if you use the Capture from Peak Design.

TrekPak dividers

TrekPak dividers

I recommend this product to everyone who is in the market for lightweight technical camera pack that also happens to be one hell of a pack for most snow activities or if you just want a really really comfortable pack for your camera gear.

Thanks for reading

Morts

 

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9 thoughts on “REVIEW: Deuter Mens Freerider Pro 30 (with Inserts from TrekPak)

    • Hi Arno, thanks for your post.. The Deuter pack from Trekpak offers a surprising safe environment for your camera gear: the compartment where your photo equipment is stored is protected on the back by the Deuter patented Alpine back system jv is offers approx 20-30mm protection between your back and your hear. On the front there’s a page compartment which I use for a jacket And a few snacks + a small hard drive – this compartment is divided from the camera compartment by a 8-10mm solid soft side which offers great protection! On the outside the entire pack looks very neat and like most alpine packs; there are no frills or annoying straps in strange places where they don’t belong. Hope this helps you | Morts

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  2. Have you ever tried any of the F-stop gear ICUs? I don’t need to carry quite as much camera gear as you, but am looking for a similar solution. I’m also curious to know if you could 15″ laptop in there anywhere while traveling with your camera gear.

    • Hi Zachary, sadly I do not have Deuter any longer as I needed something a bit more flexible. I do use the f-stop bags now having both the Ajna and Lotus including a variety of ICU’s. based on the design of the ICUs and how they perfectly fit the Fstop bags I don’t think they’ll fit the Deuter… hope that helps *Morts

      • Do you find the F-stop bags to be more comfortable for long hikes? I’m curious as to why you switched to a camera bag instead of using a bag made for hiking? I frequently do long hikes with camera gear and I am concerned about the ability for the f-stop bags to carry comfortably. I guess my question about putting the laptop with camera gear inside the Lotus or Ajna would remain too.

      • I find the Fstop bags to be just as comfortable as my Osprey and Gregory packs. I use them for the vast majority of my trip whether being trekking, alpinism or just day to day shooting..just as comfortable but much more versatile

  3. Thanks! I have been looking into them a good bit, mostly the Lotus, but I’m a little bit leery about the long production time they seem to have.

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